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Howard County, MD firefighter killed in 7-alarm mansion fire

Fire early Monday in Clarksville

WATCH LIVE: Firefighter killed battling 7-alarm fire in Howard County home caused by possible lightning strike

UPDATE: A firefighter was killed battling a 7-alarm blaze at a large home in the Clarksville area of Howard County Monday morning after officials say the house was possibly struck by lightning. The fire was reported around 2:30 a.m. in the 7000 block of Woodscape Drive. STORY: is LIVE coverage from reporters and photojournalists on the scene – you may occasionally hear them speaking with the control room. Audio may become unavailable at times. Sudden camera adjustments may also occur.

Posted by Fox 5 DC on Monday, July 23, 2018

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(Statement from Howard County DFRS is at about 90 minutes into the video above.)

At 7:00 a.m. the Howard County (MD) Department of Fire and Rescue Services reports a 13-year veteran of the department died in a large home in Clarksville overnight. The fire was reported just before 2:00 a.m. after an apparent lightning strike. According to the statement, the first firefighters went on the scene with smoke showing. The three people in the home had safely escaped. A box alarm and task force were dispatched as firefighters made an initial interior attack with RIT already in place. During the attack a mayday was called and RIT was deployed. After several minutes the downed firefighter was removed. The firefighter was transported in critical condition to Howard County General where he later died.

The firefighter is assigned to Station 10 (Rivers Park). News reports indicate the firefighter had fallen through a floor.

Howard County Fire Chief John S. Butler, who will be taking over as chief in Fairfax County, Virginia in September, is out of the country and attempting to return to Maryland.

#BREAKING A firefighter has died after battling the 7-alarm house fire in Clarkesville, Maryland this morning.

#BREAKING A firefighter has died after battling a 7-alarm house fire in Clarksville, Maryland this morning. Officials say the fire possibly started from a lightning strike.

Posted by ABC 7 News – WJLA on Monday, July 23, 2018

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